Who Am I?

‘What is your job?’ ‘What do you do?.On meeting a new acquaintance these are the kind of questions that we tend to ask. What we should really be asking is ‘Who are you?’

We are not defined by what we do. We can’t be described by what family we have. The misplaced questions can have various answers – nurse, brick-layer, accountant and mother, son, second cousin three times removed. These answers talk about our jobs and family relationships, not who we are on the inside.

The Bible gives us the best answers; we are beloved by God and we are redeemed. We are not servants but heirs. My identity is hidden in God.

To Question or not to Question

I was doing a Bible study with my friend, John. He knew his Bible much better than I did, so I was pleased to spend the time learning more about these sacred scriptures. Then I realised that there was a difference between us. Although I love to learn more about our God, I’m content that there are many things I will never understand. I believe that God will reveal to me the things I need to know when I need to know them, and when I’m ready to absorb them.

Not so with John. He wants to know and understand everything now. He is not content with not knowing. He is like a dog with a bone, he will study, cross-reference and work and work until he finds what he believes is the answer.

So now I’m questioning myself. Am I right to be content with my limited knowledge? Is it right that I should accept and not question? It seems right to me to feast on the Word, not crunch away at the bones. I can only continue to pray that God will illumine what I need to know.

150 Questions

I’ve just read (from what I hope is a reliable source) that there are 150 questions found in the New Testament and many of them are from and to Jesus. We can sometimes feel that we have that many questions ourselves to ask of God. Why is the world in such a terrible state? What can we do about it with our limited influence? What do various sayings in the Bible mean?

Some questions will be answered by further Biblical study, some will be sorted by discussions with other Christians. Many will not be answered this side of heaven. That’s where trust comes in and to remember that my Lord ‘doeth all things well.’


The questions we have been asking during this pandemic have changed. It used to be ‘Are your family well. Have they caught covid?’ Then it moved on to ‘How are you coping without seeing people? Are you able to get your shopping?’ At the beginning of the year we were asking ‘Have to had your first vaccine yet?’

As January became February we enquired, ‘Have you had your second vaccine yet?’ It now seem the latest question is ‘When will you have your hair cut?’ Hairdressers have become the most important people in our lives. Today I’m able to plait my hair because it is so long. Tomorrow I’m having it cut. I’m almost sorry to see it go. I will never grow it so long again. The time is coming when people will be able to see my hair style because they will be able to see me.